Giothon for a cause in city

DUBAI — One thousand participants walked, ran, roller-bladed and used prams and wheelchairs in the third Giothon, which took place around Jumeirah's Al Safa Park at 2.30pm yesterday.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Sat 26 Feb 2005, 10:02 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 3:37 PM

“This is the third year that we had been organising Giothon, and we feel that it will continue to grow. We've got a long-term commitment from our sponsors,” Ishwar Chugani, director, Giordano Middle East, told Khaleej Times, stressing that the first and second year of the Giothon saw the participation grow from 400 to 800 people.

The 5km walk started at Gate No. 5 for two laps of the park, and ended with a party and raffle draw in the park's Palm Garden.

He said that people were earlier concerned about the weather, but participants flocked to the venue at 2pm for the registration. The registration fee was Dh25, and participants received a limited edition Giothon t-shirt, a certificate on completion of the walk, as well as refreshments. The event is in aid of the Rashid Paediatric Therapy Centre.

Those who were seen at the fun event were participants from Asda'a Public Relations, ABS-CBN Middle East, Cathay Pacific, Rashid Paediatric Therapy Centre, Special Need Family Support Centre, and a number of families who walked for a cause. The Special Need Family Support Centre, headed by its director Safia Bari, had a total of 120 participants.

The performance of Lebanese superstar Ala'a Zalzali was the grand finale of the Giothon. Zalzali was pleased to offer his time to support the event, and to help raise awareness for the children of Rashid Paediatric Therapy Centre. Known as the Arab Elvis Presley, Zalzali staged an electrifying performance at the Palm Garden.

Renowned Emirati singer Fatimah, meanwhile, performed songs from her latest album, Zamani, which include Hedayak, the title song Zamani and Awennah.

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